I did go through some of the old threads but they weren’t helpful to me - they ended up talking about metronomes and counting the beat….
Assuming one can play “in time”, what can you do to make your playing sound more laid back or comfortable? Especially on fast reels (reels that are meant to be played fairly briskly).
You know how some players play perfectly in time but it sounds like they are off to the races - while others play the same speed but make it sound like they are reading the Sunday Paper? How does one get to the latter point? (Frankie Gavin vs Kevin Burke if you like)
I’m assuming it has something to do with phrasing or timing of phrases or something….
In my own case, I know that my rolls happen too fast and I’m working on that piece but even when there is not a roll it often sounds rushed. When I’m playing, however, my perception is that it is all flowing along as it should be….but when I listen back to recordings it’s just not “in the pocket” the way it could be….but it IS in time - downbeats happen on the one, etc And I think I am adding a fair bit of nyaah - at least I can hear the “long notes”.
And I’m sensing that it’s happening primarily in the latter parts of the phrases or sections but I can’t put my finger on exactly what is going wrong.
Any suggestions about how to make the shift? Is it a mental attitude? A mistake in the way I’m hearing the music?
Is it just years of experience? Playing with just one or two others who have good timing (I find sessions to be deadly for developing good timing)?
Any suggestions are appreciated!